More Signs of Spring

More Signs of Spring

11 March 2013

There must have been 6 inches of rain today. And a sixteen degree low is predicted for Thursday night. But yesterday, George found the season's first crocuses! (Or croci. The internet is unanimous that both are acceptable. And since the word comes from Sanskrit and Aramaic via a Greek noun (somewhat like octopus), rather than a second-declension Latin noun, I opt for straight Anglicizing, although I have yet to reach the fiery heights of my graduate school Classics professor who fired off a furious letter to NBC when they referred to "all four apparati" during the Olympics. "Apparatus" is a fourth declension noun, so its proper plural is "apparatus" with a long u. Or "apparatuses" in English. But making it a second declension noun is right out. And four years after that letter, NBC meekly referred to "all four pieces of apparatus.")

© - Erica Obey
Photos © - George Baird